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Bar Harbor, Maine

Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA

Bar Harbor, Maine



Bar Harbor, Maine
Phone: (207) 288-3520

Sites: 300
Recent Rate: $86 10/2015

Latitude: 44.4196665189968
Longitude: -68.3652806282043

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Campground Overview
  • Pull-thru Sites Pull-thru Sites yes
  • Big Rig Access Big Rig Access yes
  • Tent Camping Tent Camping yes
  • Restrooms (Plumbed) Restrooms (Plumbed) yes
  • Pit Toilets Pit Toilets ?
  • Showers Showers yes
  • $0.00 Shower Fee Shower Fee 0.00
  • Laundry Facilities Laundry Facilities yes
  • $0.00 Laundry Fee Laundry Fee 0.00
  • Dump Station Dump Station yes
  • $0.00 Dump Station Fee Dump Station Fee 0.00
  • Propane Available Propane Available yes
  • Firewood Available Firewood Available yes
  • Cabins / Cottages / Yurts Cabins / Cottages / Yurts yes
  • Water Spigot Water Spigot ?
  • Picnic Shelter Picnic Shelter ?
  • RV Wash RV Wash ?
  • $0.00 RV Wash Fee RV Wash Fee 0.00
  • Corral Corral ?
  • Landing Strip Landing Strip ?
  • Overflow Parking Overflow Parking ?
Hookups & Connectivity
  • Electric (30 AMP) Electric (30 AMP) yes
  • Electric (50 AMP) Electric (50 AMP) yes
  • Water Water yes
  • Sewer Sewer yes
  • WiFi WiFi yes
  • $0.00 WiFi Fee WiFi Fee 0.00
  • Cellular Phone Service Cellular Phone Service yes
  • Verizon Cellular Phone Providers Cellular Phone Providers Verizon
  • Cable or Satellite TV Hookup Cable or Satellite TV Hookup yes
  • Phone Phone no
  • Central Modem Central Modem yes
Amenities
  • Pets Allowed Pets Allowed yes
  • 0 Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) Maximum Pet Size (lbs.) 0
  • Pool Access Pool Access no
  • Family Friendly Family Friendly yes
  • Playground Playground yes
  • Pet Area Pet Area yes
  • yes-ocean Waterfront Waterfront yes-ocean
  • Clubhouse Clubhouse yes
  • Camp Store Camp Store yes
  • Cafe / Snack Bar Cafe / Snack Bar yes
  • Business Center Business Center ?
  • Group Camping Group Camping ?
  • Meeting Rooms Meeting Rooms ?
  • Group Kitchen Group Kitchen ?
  • Banquet Facilities Banquet Facilities ?
  • Concierge Services Concierge Services ?
Recreation
  • Walking Trail(s) Walking Trail(s) yes
  • Recreation Room Recreation Room yes
  • Gym/Workout Facilities Gym/Workout Facilities ?
  • Beach Access Beach Access yes
  • Boat Ramp Boat Ramp ?
  • Marina Marina ?
  • Boat Rentals Boat Rentals ?
  • Fishing Fishing ?
  • Golfing Golfing ?
  • Bike Path(s) Bike Path(s) ?
  • Bike Rentals Bike Rentals ?
  • Hiking Hiking ?
  • Spa Spa ?
  • Horseshoe Pit Horseshoe Pit ?
  • Volley Ball Volley Ball ?
  • Sports Field Sports Field ?
  • Arcade Games Arcade Games ?
  • Live Entertainment Live Entertainment ?
  • Amphitheatre Amphitheatre ?
  • Putt Putt Mini-Golf Putt Putt Mini-Golf ?
  • Billiards Billiards ?
  • Ping Pong Ping Pong ?
  • Lake Lake no
  • Pond Pond no
  • River River no
  • Creek Creek no
  • Ocean Ocean yes
  • Water Park Water Park no
  • Casino Casino no

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Catalina W

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: October, 2015 - $86.00
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The campground is located right on the ocean, so the views are very nice. If you are willing to pay $96 (w/o discount) for ocean front view, then this is your place. We visited in early October, so the campground's occupancy was lighter than normal. We were able to find an ocean front site without reservation due to the time of the year but we were told that these sites are pretty much impossible to get during the summer without reservations made months in advance.

This is a typical KOA, a "McCampground" with all the amenities as well as the tight sites and lack of privacy experience. It is nicely kept, clean, the staff is super nice and driving around the island and seeing what other campgrounds look like, this KOA is probably the smart choice.

Probably the very best site is 272, right on the ocean and away from other sites. We stayed in site 343 which I would probably say it ranks in the top 5. Overall, it was a nice experience because it was not too crowded or noisy. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Motorhome.

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bug512

Review Count: 25
States Visited: 10
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $60.00
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We stayed here for eight nights in early September on site 114 to check out the sights of Bar Harbor / Acadia. Great location with Route 3 to take you to Bar Harbor / Acadia National Park, about a fifteen min drive to Bar Harbor. Check in was easy, utilities worked well with 50 Amp service, water was very good along with pressure and cable. We went for the full hookup site and not waterfront since they are W/E only. We gave it a 7 because the staff was not the usual over the top friendly like we have experienced form other KOA's. I would avoid sites 101 & 106, the dumpster was located close by and was very full at times. I would also avoid corner sits like 105, 111 & 122 because other campers take the turns too tight and almost hit other campers. The dog park / off leash area was on the small side and if you have kids the playground is small and there is no pool. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Grab a sandwich at Mothers Kitchen down the street. We hiked a lot in Acadia, stop by the visitor center to find what would work for you.

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UllaPool

Review Count: 10
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: September, 2015 - $87.00
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We had a waterfront site and thats the way to go here, pretty much. The central area of sites is like a parking lot. There is a dog park; wifi worked well. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

There is a free shuttle into Bar Harbor. We were there in September, past the tourist season, but Bar Harbor was packed. Way too crowded to enjoy it. Could not find a spot to sit on a park bench crowded.

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KSAM14

Review Count: 26
States Visited: 14
Helpful Reviews: 7

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $91.00
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This KOA is close to Acadia National Park which makes it very convenient for the many trips you will take there! The park itself w as clean, sites are small and close together but level and satisfactory. We had an ocean bay view which was nice, and we saw lovely sunsets. We kayaked right off the beach area. No swimming here, but at low tide the kids were all out gathering all kinds of sea creatures. This KOA does not rent kayaks so bring your own. I did not use the laundromat but it looked small. Roads were good for a good morning or evening walk. Staff was friendly. Checkin was easy. Campstores was well stocked. The only negative I have was the Happy Camper " restaurant". They have a small food service that opens for breakfast ( we did not eat there) and is open all day for light menu and ice cream, and next to it, a place where you can get lobsters, lobster rolls, crab rolls and chowdER everyday from 5pm on. This is where things went downhill. We went there one night for lobsters. A friend had the crab roll which was supposed to come with chowder. They actually gave him the chowder but told him to take it home and cook it in the microwave because they just made it and it wasn't done! The lobster dinner was ok- small lobster, ear of corn and commercial Cole slaw. No butter served. You grabbed your plastic utensils from a plastic bin where the spoons and knives were wrapped, but the forks were just thrown in there! I got a lobster roll which was very skimpy on the meat and the roll was not even toasted. Not the way Maine does lobster rolls! The final straw was when 4 of us witnessed a worker from the food truck digging through the garbage can, she took out 2 used ice cream cups, and proceeded to go in the truck and WASH THEM OUT! We have no idea what she was going to do with them but we didn't stick around long enough to see. Eat outside the park where we had many good meals! We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Acadia National Park is a must and you will need several days to do it all! Cadillac Mtn at sunrise is top priority but get there early (430 am) as it gets crowded! Lots of biking and hiking there. Downtown Bar Harbor was fun and has lots of restaurants and shopping. A week stay was almost not enough to do it all. We had our best dinner at Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound.

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Randy & Sharon

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 8
Helpful Reviews: 6

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $90.00
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Overall the park is excellent and we enjoyed our stay. Since we were staying for a week, we wanted full hookups. The oceanfront and oceanview sites do not have sewer. We were several rows back from the water but we could catch glimpses of the bay between the units in front of us. Our site was level and adequately spacious. At first we were concerned that we were near the onsite cafe and lobster shack, but that ended up not being a concern. The sunsets were fabulous and we enjoyed walking the dogs around the park. A bit of a warning for motorhome campers, there are some sites that are quite sloped. The row in front of us (sites 201-207) was on a hill. We would have had trouble leveling our motorhome, however, travel trailers and 5ers did not have issues.

Acadia and Bar Harbor were convenient - either a 20 minute drive by car or you can catch the free Island Explorer bus service to avoid parking issues. If we return to Bar Harbor, we would stay here again. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Hiking in Acadia - for "older" folks like us the Jordan Pond Trail and the Ship Harbor Trails were excellent. We also tackled the Great Head Trail which was a bit strenuous but had fantastic views!

Eat popovers at the Jordon Pond House in Acadia.

Take a windjammer cruise via Downeast Windjammer Cruises.

Lobster at the Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound which is just minutes from the campground.

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HelenH

Review Count: 8
States Visited: 7
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $68.00
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This is one of the best campgrounds we have ever stayed at, and we have been camping for 35 years. The staff, everyone without exception, was very helpful, patient, friendly and kind. We stayed at a site with electric and water two rows back from the water, and still had nice views. Our site was grassy and well kept. Next year, however, we will try to get a waterfront or clear water view site as the views are spectacular here. We learned on this trip that we could get along quite well without a sewer hookup as there is a pumping service and an easy access dump station. I do not recommend a full hookup site as there is no view from any of those sites. If you want to swim in the bay, bring along rubber shoes because of the stones and rocks. The water is lovely and not too cold in August. There is a free bus service throughout the area that stops at the campground. If there is anything I would suggest to make our stay a little nicer, it is that the managers might consider restricting the use of tents in addition to RV's on RV sites. Nowadays, "tent" seems to mean anything from a patio covering to a shelter-type arrangement, and these cut off the views of the RV sites in rows that are not right on the water. Also, they might consider having vehicles with RVs park in a specially provided lot to keep the campsites from blocking the views. My .02. But we loved it here despite that, and we hope to return next year! We came without a reservation this year, but I suggest reserving as far in advance as possible to get the best sites. They are worth the money. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Motorhome.

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judy_online

Review Count: 75
States Visited: 25
Helpful Reviews: 13

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $110.00
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I was disappointed with this campground, having read the other reviews. First, the bayside premium sites were very close together-more so than other KOAs I have stayed at. Second, my premium site was a combination of gravel, grass, and dirt and very un-level. Third, the view was not what I expected, probably because the "beach" is not really a beach. It is the edge of the bay and rocky/marshy-not walkable at all, although I supposed you could wade in a bit if you had shoes on and did not mind getting muddy. I admit that having traveled through Washington and Oregon and other parts of the east coast have spoiled me. In addition, I expect that for $110 for a premium site, it ought to be special. And finally, I checked the web site a couple of days before I arrived and found that the rates were substantially below what I had reserved for-from $110 down to $85 per night, which is what the people on either side of me had paid. Office staff tried to convince me I must have been checking September rates, but I know what I checked. Verizon voice and data were good. Good satellite signal as well. I moved after two days to another campground. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Motorhome.

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SKT

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 0

Date of Stay: August, 2015 - $118.00
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Our Oceanside site was amazing. Very scenic! Enjoyed watching seals play and wading out into the water at low tide. Campground is convenient to explore the area. We used the trolley once, which stopped at other campgrounds, and definitely felt we had selected the best campground in the area based on overall appearance, upkeep, cleanliness, and space. Staff and campers were friendly. The cost is certainly premium but it provided a unique and memorable family experience. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Travel Trailer.

Tips for other Campers:

A neighboring camper gave us the advice to just start driving and explore all the harbors. It was great advice and one of our best days for scenery, wildlife, and local food.

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Donna-sf

Review Count: 3
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: June, 2015 - $100.00
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This place was amazing! We stayed right on the water and had plenty of room at our site. SO nice to watch the tides and the amazing sunsets. We had trees on one side so only one neighbor. The staff were really nice and accommodating. There's no sewage connections on the water for obvious reasons, but they supply a 'honey wagon' for a reasonable charge. We were in our Airstream Interstate Grand Tour. We rented a car for the time so we could make our way around the island to places not normally visited by the large number of tourists. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Motorhome.

Tips for other Campers:

Trenton Bridge Lobster Pound has the best lobster. Sea Ketch in Southwest Harbor has great views, food and service. Even the guy who serves lobster dinners on site did a great job.

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mummaiv

Review Count: 21
States Visited: 11
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: October, 2014 - $100.00
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I rated the park a 10 for only one reason--the waterfront site we had. It was beautiful and the whole family enjoyed watching the tide come in and out. Had it not been for this site, I am not sure the park would have much appeal over any other park in the area. The staff was friendly and escorted us to the site. We had 50 amp and water, but no sewer at the waterfront site. They do offer a pump out service and not sure if there is a charge as we were not there long enough to use the service. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Motorhome.

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becg

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 5
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: September, 2014 - $56.00
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Rate reflects 6 night stay with one free night KOA reward. Oceanview sites are $80 a night....but oh so worth it. As a full timer we have never stayed anywhere so beautiful. We loved watching the tide come and go. The people are great and will deliver ice and firewood to your site. The stars at night are amazing. Close to the park and Bar Harbor. We would stay here again. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Motorhome.

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Brad K

Review Count: 15
States Visited: 9
Helpful Reviews: 2

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $81.00
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The Oceanside KOA in Bar Harbor is a great spot to spend a couple of days, or a week or more. The sites are really small, but the whole campground is right on the water. The view is spectacular! The sites are level. The bath houses are clean. The staff could not have been friendlier. We stayed here on the way up to Nova Scotia, and stayed again on the way back. It was wonderful. There is a typical New England rocky beach. There are kayak rentals on site. There is a guy that has a site in the campground that sells freshly steamed lobster dinners for $18.50 a pop. Cant beat it. But if thats not for you, there are a dozen "lobster pound" restaurants within 10 minutes. There is a free shuttle bus that takes you into downtown Bar Harbor, and to the Acadia National Park. Again, awesome. So the sites are pretty small, but the location is divine. Cant beat it. We are already thinking about coming back for an extended stay. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Travel Trailer.

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Casper2011

Review Count: 7
States Visited: 3
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: August, 2014 - $110.00
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First off, I can't believe I paid $110 for a night in a campground. To be fair, we arrived at about 4:30 PM (no reservations) and asked if they had any ocean front sites, and they told us the rate and (when asked) agreed to take one person in a golf cart to see the site. Momma wanted to stay there (after all, this was our 20th anniversary camping trip) so we stayed. Pros: beautiful location, on the water, not quite level but close enough, fairly private although close to neighbors. Reasonably priced lobster feed in camp (less than a block from us), fresh pie delivery lady, friendly and helpful staff, shuttle bus to Bar Harbor and other area sights at campground entrance. Cons: no septic hookup on site, lots of little trash (bottle caps, plastic pieces), site faced busy Hwy 3 (main entrance to island) so traffic all evening and night, showers were co-ed, lots of hair and other trash in mine, typical KOA with tightly packed sites. We were there one night; when we go back, we will stay in another campground. Another tip: the shuttle is pet friendly, but took nearly an hour each way to Bar Harbor because it stopped at 4 other campgrounds, the Acadia visitor center, and several other random locations. You can park at the Acadia visitor center and that is the last stop before BH and first stop coming out. There is RV parking in BH outside of the main shopping area. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Motorhome.

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PurdueGirl

Review Count: 27
States Visited: 22
Helpful Reviews: 1

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $100.00
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We were lucky to get spot 272 for one night, the best spot in the campground! Right on the water on the eastern side of the park. Then we moved to spot 340, an ocean view site with trees on the western side. A bit of a letdown but still a nice view. Spot 340 was very awkward to get into with a 5th wheel because there is a gigantic hunk of granite on the north side. Probably easier with a motorhome. No sewer at this campground, but 2 convenient dump stations. This campground had campers parked every possible way but somehow it worked. Never could get on wifi -- just too many users I guess. The older bathrooms in the back weren't as nice as the newer ones up front. The laundry was in the back, and was in constant use. For a park this crowded, they could have used more washers and dryers. There is a guy who sells lobster dinners on site every day and the food was good. A van selling homemade berry pies comes in every day, and they ring a bell as they drive through the campground. Very delicious! This campground is conveniently located to Bar Harbor, Acadia, and Ellsworth (which has basic shopping.) Don't expect a whole lot from this campground. It's worth it for the ocean view, but not so great for an interior spot. From what we could tell, most repeat visitors book their spot a year in advance, so book well in advance if you want the ocean view. The Woodlands KOA is just down the road (both corporate KOAs managed by the same person), and you can use their pool if you want to swim. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Fifth Wheel.

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Zoey and Reba

Review Count: 32
States Visited: 20
Helpful Reviews: 3

Date of Stay: July, 2014 - $85.00
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Location/Location/Location. If you have a space with the ocean view this place is worth the price. We were steps form the water and the views of the mountains was fantastic. There was an onsite guy preparing lobster dinners and roving "pie Lady" nightly. Roads and sites are grass/gravel. If you are close to the water there is no sewer - you have to sign up for the honey pot at an additional $17 charge and they are not set up to drain typical Class A sewers. So we had to wait to dump on the way out. Keep in mind. for the price they should be able to accommodate all sized. We had to back out as the interior roads were VERY tight with a 45 foot rig. But overall the views win out. Very friendly front office - well stocked and the area is fantastic. We camped at Bar Harbor / Oceanside KOA in a Motorhome.

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